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Matthew Bourne -- very much the center of his own universe -- has a long-term partner, a mistress, and a successful career with a human rights agency, where he is campaigning to secure the release of a condemned African dissident. Then one day a colleague's wife dies in tragic circumstances, and Matthew is called to identify the body. Only much later does he realize that this incident has seeped into his life like a slow poison, and he spirals into a nightmare of death and betrayal.
About the Author
Hugo Wilcken is an Australian-born writer who has lived in London and Paris, where he now makes his home. Named by the Guardian as one of the "Top Five Writers to Watch," he is currently at work on his second novel.
“An exciting, nervy thriller that fulfills the demands of the genre while resonating on deeper frequencies.” — New York Times Book Review
“Nuanced, compelling, and fresh...exceptionally well-done debut.” — Kirkus Review
“Hugo Wilckens light, energetic prose keeps pages turning in an impressive and sure-footed debut.” — Daily Mail (London)
Taut, menacing, full of sinister beguilements. And unsettlingly shrewd. — Will Eaves, author of The Oversight